Tournaments

Five to watch: Juventus' stars set to shine in Sydney

Dominic Bossi A guide to the top line players Juventus will send into battle against the A-League All Stars

A-League All Stars game: Juventus brings danger men

Masterful: Andrea Pirlo.

Dominic Bossi The five Juventus stars who could cause the A-League All Stars the biggest headaches.

Quality not quantity the key for football's touring teams

Michael Cockerill It's easy to be cynical about the All-Stars game. It's better to be careful. While no one can honestly suggest Sunday night's showcase at Homebush Bay between the best of the A-League and Italian...

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Soccer

The Socceroos' generation next still in under-12s

Looking ahead: Young indigenous soccer players, from the John Moriarty Football team in the Northern Territory, at a Socceroos training session in Vitoria, Brazil, last month.

Liam Mannix The first generation of the new, improved Socceroos are just finishing primary school.

Paralympic football loses all of its funding

The Pararoos in action, 2012

Michael Koziol Australia's elite disabled football team, the Pararoos, have been stripped of its entire $175,000 in Commonwealth funding.

Alex Wilkinson: The Socceroo who slipped through the net

Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson could fairly be described as the accidental Socceroo, although some, less kindly, have suggested the closest parallel for the former Central Coast Mariners defender and his rapid rise...

A-League

Perth Glory axe Scott Miller and Gareth Naven

Perth Glory stalwarts Scott Miller and Gareth Naven have been shown the door after a review of the club's coaching structure and football department.

World Cup

Fascinating, frightening, exciting ... and the biggest show on earth

Martin Flanagan The World Cup is fascinating, frightening and exciting all at once. This has to be the biggest show on earth – ever.

Soccer

Australia is still the perfect host for soccer's 2022 World Cup

Shining lights: Tom Rogic and Tim Cahill.

Henry Winter FIFA’s greed gave Qatar the World Cup in a decision that shames all involved, writes Henry Winter.

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Football

Afghanistan would give the Asian Cup a great story to tell

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Michael Cockerill One name will be missing from the draw for the 2015 Asian Cup when the shape of Australia's biggest-ever football event finally becomes clear at a lavish ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on...

Soccer

Japan ready to take over Qatar's 2022 World Cup

Japanese fans cheer prior to the World Cup group E soccer match

Japan is ready to hold the 2022 World Cup if FIFA strips Qatar of hosting rights over corruption allegations, the country's football chief says.

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What would have happened with our World Cup bid if we hadn't tried ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...

Football

Matildas playing a game in which no one wins

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Kathryn Wicks Why the Matildas' revolt over coach Hesterine de Reus is a bad idea.

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Central Coast Mariners' Kim Seung-yong opens up on perils of stardom

Big signing: Central Coast Marinerr' Korean star Kim Seung-yong.

Dominic Bossi Six years ago, Kim Seung-yong couldn't walk down the streets of Seoul without being mobbed by adoring fans.

Football

Matildas star Sally Shipard calls time on her magnificent football career

Sally Shipard with Ellie Brush during  her Canberra United career.

Lee Gaskin Sally Shipard packed a lot into her career for someone forced to retire so young.

Football

New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic confident ahead of Asian Cup mission

Cut: W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Melissa Barbieri.

Sebastian Hassett New Matildas coach Alen Stajcic believes his side can put the dramas of the past few months behind it to put in a bold showing at this month's Asian Cup in Vietnam.

Soccer

Veteran Carlos Salcido earns surprise place in Mexico squad

Recalled ... Mexico's Carlos Salcido.

Carlos Salcido was a surprise inclusion in Mexico's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup named by coach Miguel Herrera.

Football

Brazil's new World Cup kit - stun gun and shin pads

unknown Members of a special unit set up for the tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio have been given 200 sets of the 10 kg "RoboCop" protective equipment, which is flame resistant to up to 219°F.

Ryan Giggs retires from playing to focus on coaching Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs has called time on his remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden Manchester United career to commit himself to his new role as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal, who was confirmed as the...

Canberra plays major part in 2015 Asian Cup

The AFC Asian Cup will see ten different countries play in Canberra.

Lee Gaskin Canberra will be front and centre during the biggest sporting event in Asia next year.